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The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

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Two lookalike boys, one a poor street kid and the other a prince, exchange places to see what the other's life is like.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Stephenson ...
Billy Mauch ...
Tom Canty (as The Mauch Twins)
Robert J. Mauch ...
Prince Edward (as The Mauch Twins)
Eric Portman ...
Lionel Pape ...
Second Lord
Leonard Willey ...
Murray Kinnell ...
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Phyllis Barry ...
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Clemens (as Ivan Simpson)
Montagu Love ...


On the same day two boys are born: the pauper Tom and prince Edward. As a kid, Tom sneaks into the palace garden and meets the prince. They change clothes with each other but the guards discover them and throw out the prince, since they are almost identical. Nobody believe them when they try to tell the truth. Soon after, the old king dies and the prince will inherit the throne. The evil earl of Hertford attempts to murder the prince to gain power for himself. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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8 May 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El príncipe y el mendigo  »

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Patric Knowles was originally cast as Miles Hendon. See more »


In a scene with Miles Hendon Father Andrew is seen wearing modern spectacles this was not possible in 1547 as The modern style of spectacles, held by temples passing over the ears, was developed some time before 1727, possibly by the British optician Edward Scarlett. See more »


[John and Hugo have brought the prince - thinking he's Tom - to help them steal from the inn]
John Canty: Now, remember: if ya don't do like you've been told, we'll put climes on ya! Twenty of 'em! Ya know what climes are?
[the prince shakes his head, 'no']
John Canty: Tell him, Hugo.
Hugo: They're little bandages, with a bit o' paste on 'em, made o' soap and quicklime and rust off old iron. And when ya takes 'em off there's the nastiest looking sore that ever made a citizen sick. Sores that don't get well, but spread like a ...
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Twain's royal exchange
21 October 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Prince and the Pauper" is based on Mark Twain's novel of the same name. The story is a hypothetical situation where Edward VI exchanges places with a beggar that resembles him as he is about to become King of England.

The Mauch twins, Bobby and Billy, skillfully play the roles of Edward VI and the beggar Tom Canty. Errol Flynn is well-cast as the dashing hero Miles Hendon, who comes to protect Edward when he's taken for a beggar. Claude Rains was a perfect choice to play his oft-reprised role of a conniving man grasping for power which he plays so well. Also notable are Alan Hale as the captain of the guard, Barton MacLane as Tom Canty's despicable father and Montagu Love as the counseling Henry VIII.

The story is not meant as history, but rather an examination of social disparities. Twain's social commentary is, as usual, mixed with his clever humor. The story moves along well with this mix as well as the machinations at court. The only part that seemed somewhat drawn out was the coronation ceremony.

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